EOTD: Silver Smoke

I went back to the Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette for this look:

Volume de Chanel Mascara

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Flawless Finish: Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

Foundation Type: Aeresol/Spray
Skin Type: Normal/Combination
Coverage: Medium to Full 
Finish: Radiant

One of the makeup items featured at the Nordstrom Trend Event was the Diorskin Airflash Foundation. The selling point for the event is that you can go beyond your face, to wear the foundation on any part of your body that needs a little extra ‘attention.’ Prior to the announcement, I never gave the foundation a second thought. It’s pricey ($60+) and for the amount of product you get (and depending on what you use per spray), you’re likely to go through a canister rather quickly, especially if you’re going beyond your face.

Then I hit the internet to see who was doing what with the foundation. I didn’t find much in the way of body makeup… but I found a ton of videos/reviews with folks who found all manner of ways to use this foundation (including some folks who sprayed like half the can in a single setting) on their faces. On the brush, on the fingers first, and directly on the face. The versatility (and wide range of techniques) made me want to try some things out myself.

I’m the color 500 (Dark Beige). For comparison, I’m MAC NC-43/44 with yellow undertones. This foundation accounts for my undertones, so I don’t look ‘muddy’ when I put it on. Now… I was a little freaked out at first because it sprays lighter than the actual color it ends up being. But the color adjusts nicely a few minutes after it sets.

The ‘setting’ part is key… this foundation sets in about 10 seconds. So you have to have it blended out (I do recommend that you blend it. I saw a few videos on the internet where folks did a ‘spray and go’ and ended up looking really ‘masky’) before it sets. You can use a very dense fluffy foundation brush (or one of those horrid duo-fibres) to get the job done.

For purposes of this post, I blended out with my fingers:

A word about the coverage. It’s full. It’s serious. And if you use too much, you end up looking like you’re wearing a foundation mask. It’s not completely weightless… I did feel this foundation on  my skin. Once it sets, it doesn’t move… even on my oily skin. I was paranoid throughout the day and pulled out my mirror to blot — only to discover that I didn’t need to. Used properly (and sparingly), this foundation looks amazing, especially in pictures. I’d definitely recommend it for brides, editorials, and headshots. It loves the camera.

I wore it in an FOTD (and used my Cover FX fluffy foundation brush to set it):

Diorskin Airflash Foundation (500)
NARS Multiple in G-Spot
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (Bronze-01)
Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette:
Great White Water shadow on lids and under waterline
Great White Fin shadow on inner corners
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold on waterline
Burberry Effortless Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense

FOTD: New Angle

I dove into the Kanebo Sensai Foundation…and put on very sheer layers of it and the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate. And the I took the picture from the other side, because I wanted to show off the results of my Skin Regime (I’m in the middle of the boot camp) skin:

Kanebo Sensai Velvet Foundation (204.5)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)
Tom Ford Shade + Illuminate (Intensity 1)
Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette:
Grey Reef Eyeshadow on Lids and under waterline
Grey Reef (center) Eyeshadow blended through crease
Black Tip Eyeshadow along lashline
Guerlain Retractable Pen in Gold (#1) on waterline
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Copper Brown
CK One Lipstick in Braniac

Eye Adore: Chantecaille Shark Palette

From Up in the air to Under the sea…

I had been dying to get the Chantecaille ‘Save The Sharks’ Palette ever since it first came out, but there weren’t many of these babies at my local stores. By the time I remembered to get one, the only option was online. And I totally wanted to swatch first.

From the website:

 Inspired by the Spring ’13 runway trends and BLOOM’S passionate commitment to ban shark finning, Chantecaille has created the Save the Sharks Palette. A graphic and alluring palette that fuses on-trend colors from the catwalks with the freshness of the oceans, in a bold yet feminine way.

Shades include:
– Great White: a white and sandy beige inspired by the apex of the oceans’ ecosystems, the Great White shark.
– Black Tip: an on-trend, deep ocean blue inspired by aquatic spring runway looks and the dark, inky fin of Black Tip sharks.
– Grey Reef: a glistening sandy grey inspired by the Indian and Pacific Oceans’ Grey Reef sharks.
– Sea Anemone: a flattering golden coral cheek shade inspired by the underwater gardens of the tropics

So I got the last one from my local beauty supply store. I got to see it and swatch it and declare it worth every penny.

All of these colors (8 total) are silky and fabulously pigmented. Although they are designated for certain areas of the eyes and face, I have absolutely no intention of following directions. l am particularly smitten with the Grey Reef combination. That smoky silver color is to die for.

Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette is still available at NORDSTROM.com

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